Sacred Music Master’s Prepares Leaders of Faith
A new Master of Sacred Music degree will be offered at the University of St. Thomas in the fall 2015 semester. The MSM program prepares students for pastoral liturgical music ministry. This program focuses on Roman Catholic traditions, but also incorporates traditions of other denominations. Read more
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The Master of Sacred Music program prepares students for pastoral liturgical music ministry. The program integrates the musical, liturgical and pastoral dimensions to ground students professionally in liturgical music as a ministry. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with pastors, priests and congregations, as well as to teach.
This program focuses on Roman Catholic traditions and practice, but also incorporates traditions of other denominations.
Students are required to take 32 credit hours in the program.
Admission decisions are based on a combination of your undergraduate GPA, work history, audition, and test scores (if necessary). Students without a Bachelor’s Degree in music must supply a letter from a priest or music director verifying music experience. Test scores are waived for UST undergraduates and non UST undergraduates that have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
International applicants must also submit the following:
- Proof of English proficiency: International applicants (except those who are from countries where English is the only official language, those who have earned degrees from regionally-accredited U.S. institutions, or those who have earned degrees in countries where English is the official language of instruction) are required to submit proof of English proficiency. The following options are available to applicants for verification of English proficiency: TOEFL score of at least 79 on the iBT or, an IELTS official score report of at least 6.5, or Level 112 issued by the English Language Center (ELS) in Houston, TX, or a PTE Academic score of 53. Applicants who have earned degrees in the United States are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. In lieu of the test scores, an international applicant may submit an official certificate of completion of the highest level.
- Official evaluation of transcripts and diplomas: International applicants must have all transcripts and diplomas evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency. Preferred evaluation agencies are SDR Educational Consultants, World Education Services (WES), and Spantran. Reports must include course-by-course evaluations and grade point average equivalents.
July 15 (Domestic Applicants), July 1 (International Applicants)
December 13 (Domestic Applicants), December 1 (International Applicants)
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Application Submission Address:
University of St. Thomas
Office of Admissions, Box #7
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006-4626
Contact the Music Department for audition dates. Private auditions are also available upon request.